I've been busily working away in the studio getting ready for my exhibition Post-War: Thousand Mile Stare, in Canberra, opening at ANCA gallery on 22 April 2015. This is a detail image of one of the mapping pieces in its preliminary stages. The process involves a series of layers. First I paint the inks onto washi paper, building the ground, then I impress the mapping linework onto the surface. I then assign colour codes for each block depending on the first soldier settler's history. Each block is differentiated by their history for example, those that were cancelled by the commission for 'non-compliance', those that were sold or abandoned, those belonging to men that died. The image displayed is the largest piece in the show and the blocks that will now be filled in based on its history to 1939, the beginning of World War II.
Letter to the editor
(1929, July 5). The Farmer and Settler
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To the Editor, "Farmer and Settler":
In your issue of 21st June I noticed an interesting letter about the hard times many men have, and the battling they do to keep their families in food. I congratulate the writer and would like to meet him and shake his hand. The conditions men have to face on small holdings are often heart-breaking, What with droughts and laws and debts, the game isn't worth fighting.
They say: Go on the land! Does the Government, give us any encouragement? Under present conditions we have everything to lose, and little to gain, not even sympathy. If the struggling settler lets his few head of stock out on to the road where there is a little picking, the P.P. inspector pounces on them and runs the life out of them to the pound . . . I happen to be one of these unfortunates . . . Send a representative up and I will show him how bad is our lot ... If I were a striker loafing around the town and the pubs I could draw a regular ration to help me along, but as I am a returned soldier, battling to keep wife and family, nobody worries about me.
There are hundreds like me too. C.
From the suitcase ......... a postcard of Australians Advancing from Villers-Bretonneux. Image by Captain Will Longstaff.
Katy Mutton is a Canberra based, Australian Visual Artist whose practice is informed by an ongoing concern around trauma and warfare and how these relate to our cultural identity and history. For more information on her artwork visit www.katymutton.com